A COWES man whose drink driving caused him to crash into a tree and seriously injure himself and two passengers has been banned from the road.

Ryan David Salter, 22, of Oaklands View, appeared before the Isle of Wight Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

He admitted drink driving on September 12, 2020.

Liz Miller, prosecuting, told the court police had been called to Newport Road, Cowes, at around 3am in the morning.

A member of the public had reported a car had crashed into a tree.

The court heard how, when police arrived at the scene, Salter was found standing by the car with facial injuries and blood on his clothes.

Ms Miller said the two passengers in the vehicle had suffered serious injuries, and one was described as “bleeding a lot”.

Firefighters and paramedics were called to remove the passengers, and all three were taken to hospital.

Ms Miller said Salter told police he was not the driver, but a member of the public confirmed it was him that had been behind the wheel.

Salter registered 103 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit is 80.

Oscar Vincent, defending, said Salter had no recollection of the incident, likely due to concussion, and only remembered waking up in hospital with injuries.

He said Salter, a father and a full-time mechanic, was not someone who usually consumed alcohol.

He said, since the incident, he had not touched a drop of alcohol and his risk of reoffending was zero, that he had learnt his lesson and would never do it again.

Salter was disqualified from driving for 14 months and fined £363.

He was also ordered to pay costs of £85 and a £36 surcharge.